The renowned Dharmaraya Swamy Temple is located at Bangalore in state Karnataka, India. According to the legend, the temple was built by local Ganga Arasu community. These people or community is also called Vanniya Kula Kshatiriya and migrated from other part of India such as Tamil Nadu, Neelagiri, Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri areas. As per the folklore, the Ganga Arasu or Gonga Arasu kings constructed their cities close to river as well as set up various temples. The renowned Dharmaraya Swamy temple was among one of them. It is also said that when the town was constructed by famous Kempe Gowda during 16th of century, the sacred Kempegowda towers also were set up in four sides of the town keeping Dharmaraya Swamy Mandir or temple as a main point.
The current temple structure has been renovated in 2009 yet it resembles ancient architectural style of famous Gangas, Vijayanagara and Pallavas. The Garbhagriha was designed in Ganga architecture, Vimanagopura in Pallava and Mukhmantapa in the architectural style of Vijayanagara. However, the fourth level of renovation of temple was done in Sabhangana and Rajagopura style.
Visitors are requested to wear modest clothing .Traditional wear is preferred on festival days.
The place is well known for its cloth market and flower and fruit shops and have visitors from all across Bangalore.
Pooja and Harathi to Godesses Asta Lakshmi